As I continue to hone in on things to improve my health and to boost my weight loss I have been making some awesome discoveries.
My latest obsession is with Coconut Oil. Right now, it’s my all-time FAVORITE super food. I have used it for a couple of years on my skin. I have excessively dry skin and I’ve found it to be the best moisturizer I could buy.
Aside from moisturizing my overall body, I’ve been using it around my eyes to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It has been incredible and works really quickly.
However, until recently, I haven’t really incorporated it into my diet. I didn’t really know how. I thought the only thing I could do was cook with it, which I didn’t really want to use it like that.
Coconut oil began to get back on my radar a few weeks ago after watching one of my friend’s, who’s a Raw Food Health Coach, video about healthy supplements. She mentioned that coconut oil helps burn fat. That alone made me perk up. I’d never heard of that. Since then, I’ve been researching the benefits of it and trying to find seamless ways to include it in my diet.
What I found was astounding! Coconut oil has been proven to be effective in a number of ways, including:
- Blasts Fat – Coconut oil has an unusually high amount of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). The human body does not store digested MCTs as fat, but instead transports them directly to the liver where MCTs are quickly converted into energy. Studies have shown that the capric acid and other MCTs in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure in humans. When consumed in the morning, coconut oil can boost your energy levels by an average of 5% for a full twenty-four hour period.
- Promotes Heart Health – Coconut oil increases the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but it also helps to convert the LDL or “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body and changing the ratio of HDL to LDL, the saturated fat in coconut oil helps promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.
- Prevents Insulin Resistance – the MCT’s in coconut oil help balance the insulin reactions in the cells because of ketones our bodies produce when we consume it. These ketones take off the strain on the pancreas by giving the body a consistent energy source that is not dependent on glucose reactions.
- Promotes Gut Health and Aids Digestion –Coconut oil improves digestion by helping the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. If coconut oil is taken at the same time as omega-3 fatty acids, it can make them doubly effective. Coconut oil can also help improve bacteria and gut health by destroying bad bacteria and candida.
- Balances Hormones – Without the proper building blocks – usually fatty acids or derivatives thereof – your body can’t properly synthesize the hormones needed to regulate such things as mood, thyroid function, digestion, sex drive, and metabolism. The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil assist the body in the conversion of cholesterol in the blood stream into the sterone pregnenolone. This endogenous bio-chemical is one of the main precursors for the human body’s production of hormones.
Please be mindful that the type of coconut oil you consume matters. Unrefined organic coconut oil is considered the gold standard. It is extracted from fresh coconut using a wet-milled fermentation process that protects the beneficial properties of the coconut. This type of coconut oil has been found to have the highest antioxidant levels. This process does use heat but studies show that it does not harm the oil or reduce nutrient levels.
Also, quantity is a factor. Too much of a good thing could have opposite effects. It’s recommended to add no more than two to three tablespoons of coconut oil to your daily dietary regimen.
I’ve been enjoying finding practical ways to actually incorporate coconut oil into my diet. Here are some suggestions:
- Add coconut oil and cinnamon to your sweet potato. Gives it a buttery taste.
- Add it in your coffee.
- Add a couple of tablespoons to a smoothie or protein drink.
- Instead of olive oil or canola oil, sauté food with it.
These are just some ideas that work for me. I encourage you to do the research and find simple ways that work for you.
Until next time…
Peace, Love & Fitness